Interesting Fun Facts about Butterfly
- Butterflies are carnivores.
- The lifecycle of a butterfly consists of four parts: larvae, larva (caterpillars), pupa (chrysalis), and adults.
- Butterflies fasten their eggs with a special glue on leaves.
- Some caterpillars are herbivores (plant-eaters).
- Fully formed caterpillars may attach to a suitable twig or leaf until losing their outer layer of skin.
- Finally an adult butterfly must emerge from the chrysalis, waiting for its wings to fill with blood and dry for a few hours, before flying for the first time.
- Butterflies can live in adult stage, depending on the species, from anywhere between a week and a year.
- Butterflies come with four wings.
- Butterflies also have brightly colored wings made from tiny scales with special designs.
- Most butterflies are flowers which feed on nectar.
- Butterflies on their feet have receptors for taste.
- Scientists estimate that there are 15,000 to 20000 separate butterfly species.
- Birdwing butterflies have large angular wings, which fly like birds in a similar way.
- Monarch butterfly is renowned for their long migration. Monarch butterflies travel a large distance each year, females lay eggs and a new generation of monarchs migrate back to finish the process.
Butterflies have no mouth to taste and consume food just the way we do. They taste from their feet, instead. They can taste the food while they are standing on their food but how can they consume it without a mouth? Well, they have a kind of long, straw-like structure called a ‘proboscis’ instead of a mouth which allows them to drink juices and nectar. If no use is made of this ‘proboscis,’ it is coiled-up like a garden hose.
Butterflies are mainly flowers which feed on nectar. Others also derive the nourishment in wet sand or soil from pollen, tree sap, rotting fruit, dung and dissolved minerals. Butterflies play a significant ecological role as pollinators.
Butterflies only eat liquids as adults and these are sucked into their proboscis. We feed on flowers ‘nectar, and they even drink water from damp areas. They do this for oxygen, nectar sugar energy, sodium and other minerals essential to their reproduction. Many butterfly species require more sodium than nectar can supply. In salt, they are drawn to sodium and often they land on humans, drawn by human sweat.
Both butterflies possess six feet and legs. In certain species, such as the Monarch Butterfly, the front pair of legs remains most of the time hidden under the body, and is hard to see.
- The male name is simply referred to as a male.
- A female name is commonly referred to as a female.
- The name or offspring is larva and caterpillar, or a baby Butterfly.
- A ‘flutter’ is the common term for a group of butterflies.
Butterfly habitats are present in a number of different climates. They can generally be found in Tropical areas, forests, marshes, rivers, swamps, meadows, fields, and gardens. There are trees and flowers everywhere.
Butterflies feed on the juice of decaying fruit, nectar and water in which they are both sipped through the channel of their probes.
BUTTERFLY LIFE SPAN
An adult butterfly has an average life span of just 20 to 40 days.
A butterfly has a total life span of as little as 3 to 4 days.
A butterfly has a maximum life span of 6 months.
These are some amazing fun facts about butterfly
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